Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos to keynote at BANFF

Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer at Netflix, will address the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) Summit Series in a virtual keynote on the festival’s opening day, June 14.

Sarandos was originally scheduled to appear at the 2020 festival in-person in a fireside chat format.

“The impact that Ted Sarandos and Netflix have had on the entertainment business and on the lives of people around the globe is impossible to quantify and has become much more evident over the past year,” said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival, in a release. “Ted continues to support new voices and champion groundbreaking work, raising the bar for creative excellence. The festival is thrilled to welcome him as Netflix Canada celebrates its 10th anniversary, for what is sure to be an inspiring keynote conversation, outlining his global vision and tackling some of the big questions in the industry and where it’s headed amid continuing seismic change.”

Sarandos currently oversees the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series from around the world. He’s been responsible for all content operation since 2000 and led the company’s transition into original content production in 2013 with the launch of series like House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange Is the New Black. 

“Over the last 10-plus years we have been thrilled to share great stories with Canadians, and work with some of the best creators from across the country,” added Sarandos. “As we expand our local presence further, collaborating with partners like the BANFF World Media Festival helps us deepen these relationships and bring more Canadian entertainment to our members around the world. Even though we won’t be able to gather in person this time, I look forward to the unique dialogue BANFF offers.

The 2021 edition of BANFF will build on the success of last year’s virtual event, taking place from June 14 to July 16. Find out more about this year’s speakers, here.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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